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Natalie O'Ryan had an abusive childhood due to her alcoholic father. She left the Canadian Province of Prince Edward Island and her childhood best friend Justin behind to start a new life in Nashville. Justin feels rejected. She falls in love with record producer Russell Jacobs and they get engaged. Thinking he is doing a good thing, Russel books their wedding in her home town. While working on the wedding plans, he must leave town due to a problem at work, then the reception venue falls through. If they can find a way to forgive each other, Justin just might let her use the barn on his property.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams
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Justin's never forgotten Natalie or the music career he always dreamed of pursuing. He'd been prepared to follow her off the island until his dad died and he was left to run the family dairy farm. He's done the best he can with the life that was thrust upon him--but with Natalie back in the picture, he begins to realize just how much joy he's been missing.
After Natalie's reception venue falls through, she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin's property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin discover the groundwork for forgiveness--and that there may be more than an old friendship between them.
Crystal3 Stars Out Of 5I'd Say 3 1/2 StarsSeptember 27, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0About the Book:
Fifteen years ago, Natalie O'Ryan left Prince Edward Island and never looked back leaving her painful childhood, whispers from town gossips, and Justin, her best friend, behind. But to her dismay, her fiance has "surprised" her by booking their upcoming nuptials in her hometown not knowing the embarrassing past that Natalie has kept secret. Hoping to skirt the town gossip mill and Justin, Natalie tries to lay low only to find her efforts in vain resulting in one of the local gossips sabotaging her plans for the reception venue. As Natalie scrambles for a replacement, her wedding planner suggests refurbishing the old barn on Justin's family's dairy farm. With no other options available, Natalie reluctantly agrees. As Russell, Natalie's fiance, must suddenly return home to attend to urgent business, Natalie is left to remodel the barn- and finish planning the wedding details- with Justin at Russell's urging. As they begin spending time together, Natalie and Justin address the circumstances regarding her abrupt departure fifteen years prior, and their friendship not only begins to mend, but deeper feelings that have been dormant since their teen years begin to surface. When Russell finally returns days before the wedding, Justin has come to realize he is in love with Natalie while she is faced with sorting through her feelings for Justin, the real reasons she agreed to marry Russell, and the past that has haunted and controlled her life for decades.
On Love's Gentle Shore was a good story. But, I had some reservations about giving it more than 3 1/2 stars. I felt certain details were just way too convenient, irrelevant or too predictable which took away from the story for me. I also did not like Natalie's character very much. She seemed rather spoiled, selfish and overdramatic, and quite frankly, in my opinion she was the one in the wrong for leaving in the first place. Sure, her impulsive decision could be blamed on being 17 at the time, but in 15 years she didn't mature enough to realize she basically abandoned her best friend in his greatest time of need? Decent story, I'm sure others will enjoy it, but I'm giving it 3 1/2 stars. I do, however, look forward to reading more books from this author.
This review reflects an honest view of my own thoughts and opinions regarding this book. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5On Loves Gentle Shore Liz Johnson (4.5 Stars)September 19, 2017Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Ms. Johnson finishes her Prince Edward Island Dreams series with On Loves Gentle Shore. Natalie ORyan grew up on Prince Edward Island under less than ideal circumstances. While she was taken under the wing of some of the families in her hometown, she continued to face cruel gossip as a result of her parents poor choices. After leaving PEI at the end of high school, Natalie never planned to return to her hometown, until her fianc decided to surprise her with planning their wedding there. In the weeks leading up to the event, Natalie finds herself making final preparations by herself, even as her plans continue to fall apart. With the help of her childhood best friend, Justin Kane, Natalie finally begins to make progress planning a party worthy of her fiancs Nashville friends. However, the opportunity to work together soon rekindles old memories and a second chance for them both.
On Loves Gentle Shore serves as a heartwarming conclusion to the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. Readers will enjoy seeing many of their favorite characters return once again, while gaining a fresh perspective on the townsfolk and staff of Roses Red Door Inn.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading On Loves Gentle Shore. Ms. Johnson shows continued growth in her writing and character development throughout this series, reaching a new high with this novel. I especially thought that her pacing was much improved in this novel, as readers will feel much more connected to this set of characters than some introduced in other books in the series. Natalie and Justins story also presents a greater focus on the families of the island, rather than characters that arrive from outside of the area. As a series focused on island life, I would have expected to see a greater focus on these types of characters and stories much earlier on in Ms. Johnsons other novels. However, the inclusion of these aspects makes for a much more interesting and entertaining story in On Loves Gentle Shore.
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
SBMV5 Stars Out Of 5another great story from Liz JohnsonSeptember 9, 2017SBMVQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another great contemporary romance written by Liz Johnson. This is the third installment of Prince Edward Island Dreams series but can totally be read as a stand-alone. Actually all three books can be read as stand-alones, though reading Where Two Hearts Meet (book 2) prior to this book will give a nice background story to Caden and Adam. Adam is Russell's brother and a big reason why Russell and Natalie come to PEI for their wedding.
The setting of Prince Edward Island is beautiful. I've never been to the area but felt totally transported to this world of beauty and majesty through the book. Ms. Johnson's writing, as always, is smooth, flawless, and delicious, like a good piece of milk chocolate. There is a good dose of humor in the book, especially in the dialogue between Justin and Natalie.
Just a warning to y'all who don't like love triangles - there is one here. I have to state this disclaimer: I really dislike love triangles, especially when there is an engagement involved between the couple and a third person is thrown into the mix. My dislike of this particular plot premise in no way affected my love for this book because the book is THAT good.
Natalie is a broken woman with a past that she clings to so tightly. She left PEI and reinvented herself in Nashville but returns to PEI, on fianc Russell's insistence, to have their wedding on the island. She's so insecure in who she is that she's not even sure who she is anymore.
Russell is a top-notch record producer in Nashville who is busy getting his artists' records to top the charts that he barely has room for anything else in his life. Of course, I felt drawn to Russell simply because he is Adam's brother.
And then there is Justin. A broody, scowl-y, loyal to the core dairy farmer who once had a dream of making it big as a singer. Sure, he still writes songs and performs in the little town but never got over the pain Natalie caused him so many years ago. But he is totally a swoon-worthy hero once we see the tough outer layer peeled back.
The road to forgiveness is hard for everyone, especially for Natalie. The theme of true forgiveness, repentance, and redemption is so clear throughout the book. The redemption we have only through Jesus is underscored in the thoughts and words of several of the characters in the story.
Anyone who enjoys a well-written, thought-provoking, soul-stirring contemporary Christian romance will appreciate this book. I totally recommend all three books in this series.
I received an ARC of the book from Revell via NetGalley. I was not required to write a review or a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
llamalina reada5 Stars Out Of 5stunning imagery, beautiful storyAugust 31, 2017llamalina readaQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I love the PEI series...and book 3 is truly inspiring. Natalie returns home after many years being away. She leaves with a broken heart and no desire to return. However, her fiance decides to come to Prince Edward Island to get married. When she returns home and sees her childhood friend, Jason again, her heart strings are pulled. Johnson does an amazing story of overcoming childhood fears and heartbreak. The beautiful imagery makes the story truly come alive. High praise for Natalie's redemption story. My heartstrings were pulled often times in the story And then the happy ending brought a much loved conclusion to the series. LOVED IT! I was given an ARC copy for my honest opinion and my honest opinion is true love conquers all when we can get past our own fears!
dianaFlowW Columbia, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Setting!August 31, 2017dianaFlowW Columbia, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 54.5 stars~
Once again author Liz Johnson sweeps the reader away to glorious Prince Edward Island -- where the lighthouse beams across the dark waters and magically illuminates the coves and cliffs and verdant meadows spring alive with wildflowers! Who wouldn't wish to go there? Our heroine, Natalie O'Ryan, that's who.
Having no plans to return after she left 15 years prior, her fiance Russell Jacobs books their wedding there, and Natalie reluctantly agrees. At first I didn't like Natalie at all. I thought she was rude and childish and treated her lifelong friend, Justin Kane, like dirt. Their constant immature squabbling almost made me put the book down until all of a sudden I "got" it. Having a similar childhood as Natalie, I finally understood her and I would not have wanted to be there either...no matter how beautiful North Rustico is. Justin has the patience of a saint, but can he actually help plan Natalie's wedding? Not to mention the fact that Russell holds the key to everything Justin has ever dreamed of. Is forgiveness and healing from all the pain and bitterness in their future -- and perhaps more?
What a touching story. More than simply a romance, On Love's Gentle Shore explores the terrible atrocity of child abuse and the lingering affects from it. I so loved that the previous characters in Red Door Inn were back, but this book can be read well as a stand alone. Beautifully written and set in the perfect locale, readers everywhere will be stirred by this wonderful story of healing, forgiveness, and tender romance.